Today's Opinions

  • A work of Art: Please give us more D.S.T.

    Let’s prepare for several months of lasting daylight, a time for enjoyment. Even at my age, I plan to find out how far I can knock a ball.

    I’ve been practicing with our foreign exchange students, Phaedra Wouters and Ana Granado, now members of the West Las Vegas softball team. And though it’s fun, chasing fly balls that sail over my head gets a bit exhausting.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Lighten up: It’s that time of year

    Remember to turn your clocks ahead this weekend. So you can spring forward.

    Walking up the sidewalk, I see little blue flowers winking at me, and forsythia branches peeking through the fence. Sure, we may have another snowfall, but hopefully these buds will survive. More sunshine streaming through our windows late in the day. The downside? Dust on the counters and fluff balls in the corners will be more obvious. Yup, it’s time for spring cleaning.

  • Editorial cartoon - Mar 13, 2016
  • Editorial cartoon - Mar 13, 2016
  • Editorial: What can be done?

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s decision to close its obstetric unit is troubling, both for the women of northeastern New Mexico who are pregnant and were planning to give birth there and for the message it sends to the world about our town.

  • Letters to the Editor - Mar. 13, 2016

    Shame on you, city government

    After reading the article “No room at the Inn,” I felt compelled to write this letter. I was born and raised in this community. I received my nursing degree and worked in the community for many years. I worked alongside of many great physicians and nurses that are dedicated to serving their community. This community helped me become the person I am today, something I will be forever proud and grateful for.

  • Just a Thought: Where does your identity come from?

    Who are you? No really, who are you?

    What if I gave you 15 words to communicate who you are and what your life is all about. What would you write? What descriptive words might you use?

    Another way of asking this question is, “What is your identity?”

    Identity was the word of the year in 2015, according to dictionary.com. One definition of the word in dictionary.com is “condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing.”

  • Another Perspective: Planning a more diversified economy

    Before the past legislative session began, I wrote a column suggesting that our main focus as a legislature should be on restoring hope for all New Mexicans by developing a responsible budget, reforming our capital outlay system and addressing compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, among other things. As with all legislative sessions, the mindset going in tends to shift a bit before it’s all said and done, and so while I still remain focused on restoring hope, I have a better sense now of just how to do it.